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Sep 5th, 2012, 02:27 PM
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Need help planning: One month backpacking Europe

Hey, everyone. Earlier this year I planned on going to Italy but decided on Mexico instead. So, for 2013 I'm going backpacking for one month in Europe. I honestly have no idea what I am doing when it comes to planning a backpacking trip, and that's where I need you guys to help me! Here are my current plans:

Backpack starting around the middle or end of May
Visiting:
Rome
Venice
Amalfi Coast
Croatia
Budapest
Vienna
Prague

I'm thinking I would do about 3 days in each place. i'm actually not sure if I should include Italy in this trip, or if it deserves a trip of its own If I do decide against Italy, I'll probably replace it with Barcelona and France.

Also, given I would be staying in hostels mostly, would a budget of $5,000 be sufficient?

Thanks in advance for any tips and advice
xx
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Sep 5th, 2012, 02:46 PM
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Well, it is 'doable'. You have seven destinations (although Croatia is a whole country, the others you list are cities - well the AC is a region). So if you did 3 days each and have an entire month that gives you a day for transportation between each. And that is a necessity. Three days in each location with a day to allow for transport between them is a minimum but it will give you a taste.

But your locations are pretty far apart so how were you thinking of traveling between them? The three in Italy you can easily do by train. You could fly into Venice, spend 3 days, train to Rome for 3 more days, then train to Sorrento for three days on the AC. Then you need to get to an airport - either Naples or Rome to fly to your next destination. Check easyjet and 'whichbudget' sites to see where you can fly between. A couple years ago we flew from Rome to Dubrovnik with easyjet for 14€ - but that requires booking many months in advance.

Then you would need to fly again up to the region of Budapest, Vienna and Prague - you can fly to whichever has the best connections and train between them.

As much as I loved Croatia, I might suggest you skip Croatia as it's the geographic outlier. Then you'd have about four days in each locations, a much better time to get to see the highlights.

Does the $5000 include airfare to Europe?
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Sep 5th, 2012, 03:24 PM
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This is a lot to do in a month. We did your itinerary in 2 months (substituting Cinque Terre for Amalfi). In May you could leave your plans loose though, and adjust your itinerary as you go. Have you written out an itinerary, including travel times?

Where did you want to go in Croatia? How were you planning to get from Amalfi to Croatia? That could take some expense and time.

What if you flipped your cities, starting in Central Europe (Vienna or Prague), working your way down to Italy (maybe skipping Amalfi for now), taking the bus to Croatia from Venice, working your way down the Croatian coast then flying out of Dubrovnik?

$5,000 *may* be sufficient depending on transport (air/trains/buses), but Italy is expensive. You'll have to be thrifty.

Isabel's whichbudget is a good site. Sometimes it's better to fly; sometimes it's better to take the train or bus - overnight means you're tired the next day but you also didn't need to spend money on a hotel. We did that several times.
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Sep 5th, 2012, 04:50 PM
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Let's Go Europe is still the Bible of backpackers for good reason IMO - great rundowns of low-cost hostels, hotels, etc plus a wealth of great info for anyone on a budget.

As for trains check out these IMO superb sites for planning a European rail trip - www.ricksteves.com; www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.seat61.com.

5 grand for a month not including air fare is very very easily done - if you can go in off season expenses can be dramatically lower - not only on air fare but hostels and budget hotels are more readily available. May - Sept, Oct are perfect times for non-peak season travels in Europe.
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Sep 5th, 2012, 04:52 PM
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The Thorn Tree forum at www.lonelyplanet.com
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Sep 6th, 2012, 09:16 AM
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If you are under 26 look at the bargain Eurail Yoothpasses only for folks under age 26.
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Sep 6th, 2012, 03:23 PM
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If going by train look at the Eural Select 5 Country Pass - valid in Italy, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Czech Republic - a Youthpass if under 25 years old.
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